Whenever you pick some common plot like typical boy-meet-girl story, you have to be at your creative best. Upasana Gupta’s debut novel And The Reason Is You comes to be somewhere in the middle for which I reserve the remarks like ‘average novel with commendable effort’.
The book made an interesting read while I was on a trip to Mumbai which needed few reading materials as my travel mate (being a frequent traveler, I prefer to have them with me everytime I leave). The novel both disappointed and delighted me at the same time. This is yet-another-love-story where author tries to pour in all the conceivable drama, twist and emotions which may or may-not impress different readers (with different age-groups and liking in concern).
The story begins with Khushi as the protagonist succumbing to her fateful relation with Sparsh. Then it interestingly goes to a flashback which narrates their tidal affair and the story continues. It all begins with a mush, then heydays at high and finally the eventual heartbreak. Below is my take over the book.
Cons first …
As I said, whenever you pick such stoylines, one need to be very distinctive in the overall presentation including the story itself. Khushi having a darling pair (Anu) and Sparsh having his own sidekick (Naman) made it sound like bollywood of 90s. Khushi somewhere in the middle of the story comes to know about the truth which buffs out her misunderstanding with Sparsh was too general of a twist. After all, such shots are better left for Ekta’s soaps where one ‘accidentaly’ hears some conversations or whispering exchanged by someone and gets to know about the real thing. Also, after Khushi is bed ridden pertaining to an accident and Sparsh miraculously resurrecting her to the mobility was yet another setback near the climax (I was expecting something different and thoughtful). Now coming to the language, this leaves a lot to be desired. Coming across the words like ‘wildest of the dream’, ‘fraction of second’, ‘pang of …’ etc makes one feel like if those were the favorite expressions of author for which she has risked herself to sound overtly repetitive. Editors here too seemed to be very engrossed in the story that they didn’t even care for the inadvertent errors and typos.
… and the Pros
What got me interested in the novel was the title itself – And The Reason Is You. When I was initially flipping through the book, I came across the line which reads ‘she wasn’t getting married forcefully or against her will’ which was enough to spark a reading desire in me guessing what might be the inevitable circumstances. The novel also have few sets of poems here and there as a complementary piece which prevents it from narrative monotony. Rather than having the story being told at one go, the author chose to segregate them in various chapters, the title of which were always intriguing after having read the previous one (this is what that hold me hooked till 3 am even after long journey fatigue). The romantics in the tale perhaps seems to be author’s own feminine whims and fancies used with ample modesty in the fiction (hope I’d be pardoned for this !). And what I liked most in this book is an innocent portrayal of both the central characters. And unlike other budding authors who are in a fallacy that F-word and the likes can make it a best-seller, Upasana doest it all minus sleazy stunts & with readable decency.
As for my final verdict – a worthy read but could have been much better.